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Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

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Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
As featured in 3 Days in Montreal and 2 other guides
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Address: 350 Place Royale, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 3Y5, Canada
Phone Number:
+1 514-872-9150
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic Site,...

Pointe-à-Callière, the birthplace of Montréal and a National Historic Site, offers visitors the opportunity to explore history through an original underground circuit leading through archaeological excavations. At the start of their visit, an immersive multimedia show presents a high-speed view of the city's history, the remains come to life and the count down begins! The museum also offers year-round temporary local and international exhibitions. For Montréal's 375th anniversary in May 2017, Pointe-à-Callière will inaugurate a new pavilion highlighting Fort Ville-Marie.

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I wasn't really sure what to expect with this museum but I was pleasantly surprised. This was a super interesting archeological site/history museum. Would be great for children.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this museum but I was pleasantly surprised. This was a super interesting archeological site/history museum. Would be great for children.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There were few other visitors when we went on a blustery Montreal afternoon. That suited us fine, as we could take our time appreciating the artistry of fine Japanese robes, Ming dynasty porcelain ( the finest collection I have seen anywhere ), Japanese armour, swords, and antiquities. The fashion in which they mounted this display was inspired. One could get... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Pointe-a-Calliere Museum looks intriguing from the outside, with dramatic - but not bombastic - modern elements pleasingly juxtaposed with heritage elements. Regrettably, though, it is not worth the visit inside (C$20 for an adult). The overwhelming impression of the interior spaces is confusion. It is literally not possible to find your way around: doorways are hidden and seamless blended-in... More 

Thank 27colinn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Realy interesting,the underground portion of the museum relate in part the beginning of Montréal you can see the imprint of the first pallisade around what was then ville Marie,they also have the ruins of the first sewer of Montréal,from there you can go underground to another historical bulding

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum offers interesting exhibits and attractions. Every time I visit this museum I find something interesting to view. The price is reasonable and it is kid friendly. The gift shop is cute too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool museum with much more than meets the eye. The highlight is the excavations that you enter from the main building, then come back up across the street into another building. The pirates/coursairs exhibit was amazing with a huge interactive pirate ship. I would imagine any new exhibit like that would be just as good. Also enjoyed the history of... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is very informative about how Montreal evolved from Native settlements to the arrival of European settlers, all the way to present-day. There is a media presentation that really brings the past to life. It really gives you perspective when you walk around Old Montreal and imagine how it was hundreds of years ago. The setting of an archeological... More 

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South Burlington, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, old stone building foundations can be interesting, but 3 acres of them? Folks this is not Rome, Athens or Ephesus. They exposed the stone foundations of several blocks of the heart of the older part of the city, under several modern buildings, and have built tunnels to guide you through them. You walk a lot underground. The maps are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very nice step back in time, documenting the history of the development of Montreal. The museum exhibits are very professionally done, and very educational.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If it's your first time in Montreal, or you just want to know more about the history of the city, this is the place to go. It's a good idea to start your visit off by seeing the video that's show quite regularly right by the entrance of the museum. It gives you a historic view, and is a nice... More 

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